Headliners:  Aaron O'Rourke and David Mahler

Aaron O'Rourke               Mountain Dulcimer

Basic Backup                        Beginner-Intermediate
Learn a few simple approaches to playing accompaniment and make any jam,duet, or ensemble instantly sound better.

Licks and Improvisation                  Intermediate-Advanced
In this class, we'll explore tools to help play off the cuff with confidence, and perhaps most importantly, use these tools to navigate out of "mistakes" in ways that are fun and musical.  We'll also discuss "blue notes" and methods for creating your own bluesy licks.

Basics of Flatpicking the Mountain Dulcimer           Beginner-Intermediate
​We'll start by going over some absolute basic of flatpicking on the mountain dulcimer.  This class will also cover good right hand technique and pick direction while exploring a few tunes in the process.

Fancy Phrasing             Intermediate -Advanced
Take away the improvisational licks, the chords subs, and extra notes.....how mnay ways are left to vary a melody?  Well, tons! In this class we'll be focusing on phrasing as a way to give tunes you already know new life and make them sound more awesome.



David Mahler                   Hammered Dulcimer

Old Joe Clark              Beginner
Let's learn this simple, but fun, fiddle tune together as well as some basic accompaniment.  We will go over which hands to use where, how to count beats, and how you might add your own flair to the music you play.

Jenny on the Railroad  (Old time tune)      Intermediate
Anyone know what a Jenny is? (worth 10 points).  This old time tune is a fun jam tune, and truly unique - having an unsymmetrical form to it (AABBCB).  Enjoy learning it all together as well as basic accompaniment in A Mixolydian.

Cooley's Reel and Traditional Irish ornaments            Intermediate
In this session we will learn, and together commit to memory the main ornaments found in traditional Irish music.  No more confusion on cuts and rolls and triplets and taps and casadhs!  We will apply some of them in the tune, Cooley's Reel, which we will also learn from scratch.

Right and Left Hand Lead, Why You Should Know it           Beginner-Intermediate
This will help keep your hands from getting "tied up".  I learned R and L hand lead while studying percussion and have found it essential in capturing the feeling of a piece of music.  It is much like a guitarist who will pick down and up according to the rhythm and emphasis of a style.  A good foundational class for anyone not already familiar with this.  I will have printed handouts of some exercises that we can all work on in class.

How Diddles Can Help You Play Chromatic            Intermediate-Advanced
Do you ever get your hands tied up on a difficult passage of music?  We'll be using one technique to solve most of these problems.  This is how I approach playing chromatic runs, figuring out classical music, and keeping your hands straight when adding ornaments in Irish and Scottish music.  We'll go through lots of exercises together.  Bring some music that you are stuck on if you have any.

Chords and Colors                          Beginner through Intermediate  
This class will be about a foundational aspect of harmony and melody.  We will start from ground up, and systematically go through each of our chords in a key, then, add all of the "7s".  The only math required is being able o count to 13, so don't worry!  You'll see how this not only relates to folk music, but jazz as well.  We'll also talk about "color tones" and how to add them in.  This is a vast concept, but there will be something for everyone.




Other Workshops and Instructors


Joe Collins         Mountain Dulcimer

Crossing Over to the Fun Side!                             Novice and Up
This workshop guides players to leave the security of playing the melody on one string to exploring the world of cross-picking.  In addition to some work with scales and hitting individual strings, we'll learn to cross-pick some familiar songs effectively and efficiently.

Making Arrangements for Beginners                     Beginner and Up
​This workshop takes a simple tune and progressively takes students through several different ways to play that tune.  The purpose is to help students learn skills that will enable them to make their own arrangements of tunes they love to play.

Analyzing How You Play              Intermediate and Up
​A masters workshop to help good players figure out what they are doing so they can teach others or create a plan to improve their own playing.

Finger-Pickin' Good!                   Novice and Up
​A workshop covering the basics of finger-picking on the mountain dulcimer.  Materials available for both DAD and DAA players.

Crossing Your Tab                  Intermediate and Up
Once you get the hang of cross-picking, some of those very difficult pieces that are all over the fretboard can become relatively simple by using a cross-picked version.  This workshop will focus on taking any piece of tab and transposing it into a very playable cross-picked arrangement.  A working knowledge of primary chord on the dulcimer in DAD is necessary to navigate this workshop well.

Basic Harmony                   Intermediate and Up
​A workshop in playing basic harmonies on the mountain dulcimer.  In addition to learning some harmonies to popular dulcimer tunes, we will investigate how to develop harmonies for other songs.  To get the most out of this workshop, it is helpful to understand basic chords and have a willingness to experiment.

Funny Songs for Your Repertoire       All Levels
​Kick back and have some fun in this workshop.  We'll be sharing, playing, and/or singing a variety of songs to tickle your funny bone!



David Lindsey     Hammered Dulcimer

Hammered Dulcimer for the Very Beginner:    Raw beginner    
​(This workshop will be offered twice) 
(A few loaners will be available if you need one during the class- please let David at his booth - or the registration table know if you will need a loaner)
Let​ David show you the ropes on a hammered dulcimer!  This is for those who've never touched the HD or just barely have. David will give you a basic introduction to the hammered dulcimer, everything you need to get started playing.  You will be playing a song or two by the end of the class.  

Learn a New Tune            Advanced beginner to Intermediate
Learn a great old-time fiddle tune.   David will teach the tune​ and show embellishments.



Annette Lindsey       Mountain Dulcimer

Mountain Dulcimer for the Very Beginner:      Raw Beginner
(This workshop will be offered twice) 
(A few loaners will be available if you need one during the workshop - please let Annette (at their booth) or the registration table know if you will need a loaner)
Let Annette show you the ropes on a mountain dulcimer!  This is for those who have never touched the MD or just barely have. Annette will give you a basic introduction to the mountain dulcimer, everything you need to get started playing.  You will be playing a song or two by the end of the class.  


Let's Learn a Couple of Old-time Fun Tunes        Advanced beginner -Intermediate
Annette will have several tunes in her workshop bag for the class to choose from so that you can walk away with tunes to share with your friends and club members  There will be chords, harmony, and words on most tunes to choose from.




Mark Wade           Hammered and Mountain Dulcimer, Melodic instruments

​Melodic Embellishments    all melodic instruments     Intermediate-advanced
Learn how to ornament simple melodies in simple ways to make them your own.  These techniques are universal and not specific to either type of dulcimer.  We'll learn how to add passing tones, neighbor tones, escape tones, appoggiaturas, and other hard-to-pronounce but easy to master ornaments!  All melodic instruments welcome!

​Banish Misfortune           HD         Intermediate-Advanced
There is a lot more to this tune than learning the notes.  In this workshop I'll show you the secrets to playing this with actual Irish ornaments (the notes NOT on the page) so you can lose your 'merican accent' and truly sound Irish.Email me for advanced copy of the tune if you'd like.  mark alan wade@gmail . com

Reels to Jigs         All melodic instruments       Intermediate - advanced
This hands on class shows you how to quickly and easily turn reels and polkas into Jigs!  Since this is a rhythmic shenanigan, it's not specific to any one melodic instruments.  It's a fun way to spruce up your jams and repertoire.

First Tunes for Hammered Dulcimer                        HD           Beginner
Let's Learn by Doing!  In this class we'll learn tunes that will teach you concepts to transfer along to other songs.  We'll also cover good habits, like the right way to hold your hammers and the right stand height and angle for you.  By the end of the class you'll have a fun new tune or two to play!

The Art of Changing Keys                     HD        Beginner-Intermediate
​Learn how and why to change a tune's key in this fun workshop.  We'll master some easy ways to do it and have fun taking a tune on a "round the world" journey.  This workshop is perfect for those wanting easy ways to arrange tunes on the fly!




Wendy Songe                       Mountain Dulcimer, Ukulele, Theory, Bodhran

Secrets to Smoother Playing     MD    All Levels
Connecting notes, challenging chords, smooth transitions, tricks for tricky fingering, moving with ease across the fretboard.  Take home fretboard exercises and a new tune!

It's About Time                       MD    All levels
Rhythms and strum patterns, time signatures, note values and the effect of emphasis.  Take home rhythm workshops and few new tunes.

Overcoming Common Chord Challenges         Ukulele      All levels
Overcome common chord transitions and create colorful compliments with uncommon chords.  Take home chord charts and a new tune!

Playing Melody on Ukulele                Ukulele     All levels
Step beyond chord strumming and learn to play finger style, individual melodies, strings and notes!  Take hone a new tune, too!

Essential Theory Made Easy       Theory     All levels and All instruments!
If you don't like theory or even the thought of it is scary, this class is for you!  Come explore the absolute necessities of this fun, interactive beginner theory class.  Take home a "Theory Cheat Sheet" and handy new tidbits for all of your favorite tunes!

Bodhran



Bill Schilling              Autoharp/Songs

Autoharp Questions
The purpose of this workshop is to let participants ask questions they may have about autoharp playing.  Subjects may include (but are not limited to): holding the autoharp; left hand technique; right hand technique; using bare fingers, fingernails, flatpicks, thumbpicks, and fingerpicks; tuning; playing accompaniment; playing lead; chord bar layout; setup and repair; reading and writing tablature and music; playing by ear; chromatic and diatonic styles; amplification, and other things participants are interested in.  Hopefully answers will be provided by the workshop leader and/or other participants.  The participants and leader will play a variety of things whenever appropriate in answering the questions.  If the questions run out, a variety of songs will be available for all to play together. 


Woody Guthrie Celebration Singalong         
Participants will join in singing songs to celebrate the life of Woody Guthrie (born July 14, 192).  Lyric and chord sheets (32 page handout) will be provided.  Information about Woody and the songs will be shard during this workshop.  Choose to lead a song or just join in playing and singing as we celebrate the father of American folk music.


Sharon Kirby             Bowed Psaltery
Bowed Psaltery      Beginner-Intermediate
For the beginner, we will focus on an overview of the psaltery, how to hold it, hot to tune it and how to play it.  For both the beginner and the intermediate player, we will explore different bowing techniques to make playing easier, smoother and more enjoyable.

Sharon Kirby and Tish Westman             Bowed Psaltery
Duets!


Tish Westman          Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Mountain Dulcimer
Clawhammer Banjo            Beginner
Learn how to practice and get better at the clawhammer style.  Tune to key of G.

Chords and Strumming            Mountain Dulcimer    Advanced
Figuring out patterns.  Key of  D.    DAD tuning.  May need capo.


Bill Locke                    Mountain Dulcimer

Structuring Your Strum  1              Advanced Beginner  
The idea of using a flat pick to structure a strum into a rhythmic pattern is explored in this workshop.  A single well-known and simple tune will be used with a series of strum methods to develop a variety of sounds that can add a different energy to a tune.This may be used to provide sounds familiar from the playing of other instruments in an old time band.  We start with the basic and add complexity as we go.

Structuring Your Strum  2                Advanced Beginner
The concepts used in Workshop 1 are extended to triplet (cross-picking) and damping methods which may be used to further add variety to playing a range of tune genres might be tried using these methods including old-time and blues sounds. As before, we are playing the instruments in a fashion that tends to "join the band" as it relates to the overall sound.

Basic Chords                Intermediate
​We will discuss and practice basic chords.  Additionally this workshop could be used to learn some actual fiddle tunes in D.  

Note:  The strum methods used in the workshops will take some practice over time, but we will give it a good first start.

Jason Fawks                    Harp

Teach Yourself to Play Folk Harp
Based on folk harp pioneer Sylvia Wood's popular book, "Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp", this workshop will explore the basics of playing the simple C scale folk harp.  Demonstrations of Irish and folk music by Jason on the harps he built will inspire you to learn this amazing instrument and realize that you too can learn to play the harp!  Copies of Sylvia's book will be available.   

Folk harps are mid-size harps without pedals, commonly used in Irish and folk music.  Jason encourages you to bring along your own harp if possible.  There will be a few extra folk harps available at the workshop for students to use during the class.

Learn: Amazing Grace and Danny Boy           Beginner-intermediate
Beginning to intermediate harpist will enjoy exploring these indelible tunes on the Folk Harp in the key of C.  Jason will demonstrate these tunes and discuss the basic understanding of playing melodies with the right hand and chords in the left hand.  His expressive approach will inspire you in your journey of playing the beautiful Celtic Harp.


Cal Sweeten
Hammered Dulcimer - Connections - Dots & Dashes
Learn how the instrument markings are used.  Then find and use the many note patterns to create music.  Possibly learn a simple jam tune - such as Angelina Baker or Rock the Cradle Joe.



Jim Miller         Penny whistle, flute, recorder
Whistle - Getting Started                Beginner
Tin whistle, Penny whistle, Irish whistle or just whistle - different names for the same instrument.  We will work through the basics of playing the whistle, and learn to play a few familiar folk tunes.  You need a D-whistle (usually marked on the instrument).  If you don't have a whistle, I'll have a couple clean loaners.

Next Steps (for Whistle, Flute and Recorder)      Adv. beginner - Intermediate
Can you play a few tunes on your whistle, flute or recorder?  Let's broaden your skills - working on breathing, phrasing, notes in both octaves, tunes in D, G (and maybe minors), playing with others, and perhaps some simple ornamentation.  You will need a D-whistle, or modern or Irish flute, or soprano/tenor recorder.  If you don't feel ready for this, see Jim Miller before or after the workshop for some "getting started" help.  Handout provided for several tunes, with standard notation and note names.





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                                              Workshops Descriptions 

Bing Futch:  

Traditional Dulcimer Tuning - COG & DATA  (Beginners - Intermediate)
Learn to play your dulcimer in the traditional way by taking this workshop, which gets back to the roots of the instrument.  You'll get familiar with the 1-5-5 tuning and explore new territories within this 














Friday Workshops


                          Mountain Dulcimer Workshops: Friday, June 15, 2012

Annette Lindsey: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  1:00pm   

Workshop 1: Get Out of the DAD Tuning (advanced beginners and up) We will learn a tune “Sandy River Belle” in DAD first and then learn how to take it to two different tunings. We will also discover that chording in a different tuning is easy and full of patterns. Capo required for this class.

Tom Conner/Jan Hammond; (Guitar and mountain dulcimer) Visitors Center: Founders Hall  2:30pm   

Workshop 1: Duo Workshop This workshop will focus on playing as a duo. They will give examples of how to arrange tune, create a set-list, handle performance glitches, get booked, and create a unique duet sound.

Nathaniel Samsel:  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  2:30pm  

Workshop 1: Put Some Sweet Into Your Melody (novice – Intermediate) The word dulcimer means “sweet melody” so in this class we will go over some cool “extras” to help you make better arrangements and that you can apply to songs you already know: Jammer-Onns, Pull Offs, Harmonics, slides, cool stuff to do with the 1 ½ fret (no 1 ½ needed for class) bends, and more.

Linda Sigismondi: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  4:00pm    

Workshop 1: Spicing Up Melodies (novice) This is a workshop for a beginner mountain dulcimer player who can play simple melodies but would like to add a little more interest to them. Participants will be shown how to add a few chords and harmonies to make their songs fuller. (DAD tuning)

Ruth Hulthen: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 450  4:00pm  

Workshop 1: Dulcimers are Made for Singing (past beginner) In this class we will go over low, middle, and high chords and then we will start using various chords in songs.

                         Hammered Dulcimer Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Mark Wade:  (Hammered Dulcimer) COTC 445  

Workshop 1: Dulcimer 101  1:00 pm  (beginners) Mark will share some shortcuts to successful dulcimer playing and quick tips to get you off to a good start. A great beginning class for music readers AND those who play by ear!

Workshop 2: Arranging for Contests and Solo Performances  2:30pm (Intermediate/Advanced) Mark will show you how to get the most out of your 5 minutes in front of the judges. These same great tips help your solo performances wow audiences even outside of the dulcimer contests!

Roger Mace: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 450

Workshop 1: Absolute Beginner (for absolute beginners!)  1:00  Learn about the hammered dulcimer: instrument sizes, layout, tuning techniques, hammers (types and holding), hammering patterns, playing scale patterns (major, minor, modal), playing arpeggios (dulcimer magic), finding more information/instruction, and learn tune(s).

Workshop 2: Beginner (Beginner/Intermediate)  2:30  Review hammering patterns, simple hammering exercises/techniques, review playing scales and arpeggios, learning tunes by EAR, NOTES and/or TAB, and learn some fun traditional dulcimer tunes. Class questions/answers.

David Lindsey: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 445  4:00pm 

Workshop 1: Get Out of the D,G,A, Humdrum (advanced beginners and up) David will teach “Billy in the Low Ground” in the key of C.

                                     Guitar Workhops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Tom Conner: (Guitar) Visitors Center: Founders Hall   

Workshop 1: Finger Style Guitar Basic Concepts:  1:00pm Concentrates on proper guitar position, proper hand position, use of fingernails, playing cleanly and basic finger style riffs.

Workshop 2: Finger Style of Chet Atkins:  4:00pm  Concentrates on the basic of Chet Atkins’ thumb and 3 finger style he made popular. Workshop will include work on playing “Freight Train” by E. Cotton in Chet’s style.

                                 Bowed Psaltery Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Tish Westman:  (Bowed psaltery) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall

MESSAGE FROM TISH: "If you have taken my workshops before, all classes will have new music. Any classes that happen to be on both days will have different music. Classes will be progressive so start at the beginning if you are new to Bowed Psaltery. If you are an experienced player, I will make sure you are challenged."

Workshop 1: Simple Start to Understanding Music:  2:30pm  (All instruments welcome! ) If when you look at a piece of sheet music you get confused and just don’t understand what you are looking at then come to this workshop. You will learn the language of music and how to apply it to whatever instrument you play.

Workshop 2: How to Play a Bowed Psaltery: 4:00pm If you have one bring it, if you don’t have one you may borrow during the class. The Bowed Psaltery is very easy to learn to play. No fingering like a dulcimer or guitar. You only play with one hand. You will learn how to bow and will be playing tunes by the end of the class.

                                Harp Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Linda Gardner:  (Harp) COTC R. 460

Workshop 1: Chordal Accompaniment:  2:30pm  (Adv. Beg. Harp) Learn how to read a lead sheet and use the chord symbols to create a harmony to compliment the melody line. Explore basic chord shapes and techniques to add interest in the accompaniment. Music reading skills are helpful but not necessary. Handouts for future reference and practice will be available.  

Workshop 2: Melody Line Fills:  4:00pm  (Adv. Beg. Harp) Take advantage of the spaces between the notes and add ”fill” to compliment the melody line. There are “patterns” you can follow to make you sound like a pro. Music reading skills are helpful but not necessary. Handouts for future reference and practice will be available.  

                             Autoharp Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Bill Schilling   (Autoharp and guitar) COTC 451  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Basic Autoharp: The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to the autoharp, acquainting them with different harps, playing styles, setups, simple repairs, practice hints, and/or resources. Participants will hear and use different playing styles.

                              Mandolin Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Hunter Walker  (Mandolin) COTC 451  2:30pm   

Workshop 1: Mandolins We Have Heard on High (beginner-intermediate) The mandolin is a versatile instrument. This workshop will cover some of its uses in an old-time or bluegrass jam, such as chordal backup, chopping, and basic of melody. We will cover a couple standard tunes and learn to play melody and accompaniment behind them. No musical reading ability necessary just be able to count to 4! Workshop will adapt to all levels.

                                       Banjo Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Hunter Walker (Banjo) COTC 451  4:00pm    

Workshop 1: Clawhammer for the Clueless, or Not So (beginner-intermediate) In this class, we will address the basic strum and hand technique used in old-time style banjo. The basic tunings will also be reviewed, along with chords, rhythm techniques, and melodic basics. This will allow you to bring your banjo to a jam and thrive. Capo is not required, but encouraged: no musical reading ability necessary. Workshop will adapt to all levels present.

                                               Spoons Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Emily Pritchard: (Spoons) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Spoons! Did you know that a musical instrument with a cultural history spanning folk music from Ireland to Russia to Turkey to Greece and America can found in your kitchen? That’s right! The spoons, both metal and wooden, have a rich cultural history and in this workshop you will learn how to properly choose, hold, and play this inexpensive and easy-to-learn musical instrument. All ages can learn and class registration includes your own set of metal spoons to take home


                                              Drumming Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

E. Jeremy Rodriguez: (Drums) Museum Workroom (back entrance)  2:30pm  

Workshop 1: Explore World Drumming In this workshop you will be introduced to authentic world percussion instruments including djembe, ashiko, dundun, doumbek, bodhran, and talking drums originating from Africa, Central America, Ireland, Japan, and the Middle East. Can’t read music? No problem! Using Experience Art! International’s “Color Rhythms” technique you will learn traditional drumming techniques, a variety of basic beats, and how to jam in a drum circle. All ages are welcome, no prior experience is needed, and drums will be provided.

                                             Internet/Computer – Friday, June 15, 2012

Linda Gardner:  COTC 460  1:00pm

Take the Mystery out of MIDI What is a midi and what value do they have for us as musicians? Learn how to find midi files on the internet, how to download, save them, and how to convert them to sheet music! We will be using Finale Notepad 2012, the FREE midi editor, to create sheet music personalized by you. Change keys, add chords, change notes and be able to share your finished song with other musicians through email or print. Download Finale Notepad 2012 here: http://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/default.aspx. I will have the program, Mac and Win, available at class for installation on your laptop but you do not need to bring a computer to this class, reference handouts will be available for use at home.

Saturday Workshops

                                Mountain Dulcimer Workshops - Saturday, June 16, 2012

Jan Hammond: (Mountain Dulcimer) Visitors Center: Founders Hall

Workshop 1: Way Beyond the Bum-Ditty:  9:00am  (Intermediate) Play around with rockin’ the boogie-woogie, calypso sweep and the slap & choke. Then we’ll apply them to some fun tunes.

Workshop 2: Abide with Me (hymns from an old book):  10:30am  Learn hymns like Abide with me, We Gather Together, Rock of Ages and as many others as time allows. Several of these arrangements are in parts and can be played with a variety of playing styles from noter to cross-string, chord melody style to fingerpicking.

Workshop 3: Re-Arrange and Sing:  2:30pm  (All levels) Take tunes from various sources (such as the Cyber Hymnal), transpose the key if necessary for a standard D-A-D dulcimer and play the chord progressions to accompany vocals. A chord transposition wheel will be provided.

Workshop 4: Lecture on Therapeutic Music:  4:00pm  (All levels) Listen to examples of music, excerpts from my journal of actual experiences, and discussion on playing for folks at hospice or in nursing homes.

Ruth Hulthen  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC Rm. 460  1:00pm   

Workshop 1: Beginner Duets That Will Make You Proud: (beginner) I find that teaching beginner students duets early on gives them the confidence they need to advance. The student will only need elementary playing skills. I love seeing the excitement on students’ faces when they combine melodies and harmonies with others.

Annette Lindsey: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 451  4:00pm

Workshop 1: Fast and Snappy (advanced beginners and up) Annette will teach two songs, “Little Billy Wilson” in A (capo required) and “Crooked Ridge” in D with chords and embellishments. Both are fun, fast, snappy tunes you will love to play.

Hunter Walker  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  4:00pm  

Workshop 1: The Art of Arranging (Intermediate) In this class, we will explore techniques and mechanics of arranging and many types of artistic embellishments. This class will take an easy approach to crafting your own arrangements of your favorite tunes and songs.

Linda Sigismondi: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  

Workshop 1: Mountain Dulcimer Styles  9:00am  (Beginner to Novice) In this workshop, beginning to novice players will get a chance to try several different styles of playing the mountain dulcimer including finger picking, bowing, and using a noter (DAD tuning)

Workshop 2: Canal Songs for the Mountain Dulcimer  2:30pm  (intermediate) This is a repertoire building workshop for intermediate dulcimer players. Participants will explore several songs by Pearl Nye that describe life on the Ohio and Erie Canal at the turn of the century (DAD tuning)

Nathaniel Samsel:  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440

Workshop 1: Fiddle Tune Variations:  10:30am  (novice) We will go through several variations that you can easily apply to any fiddle tune and that will help create better arrangements, along with being fun stuff to play with in a jam.

Workshop 2: Rueben’s Train  1:00pm  (advanced) In this class I am going to go over putting feeling into a song. We will look at playing with the rhythm, creating transitions, building and releasing tension, varying the volume and other things that will help with putting feeling into an arrangement. We will work through my version of Rueben’s Train, going as far into it as time will allow, and I will show you how I try to add emotion. Please bring a capo.

Paul Conrad: (Mountain Dulcimer) Visitors Center: Founders Gallery  1:00 PM--FREE ADMISSION!!!

Workshop 1: Care and Feeding of your Dulcimer - and throughout the festival find Paul at his booth to answer your questions about caring for your dulcimer.

                           Hammered Dulcimer Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mark Alan Wade: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC Rm. 445

Workshop 1: Achieving Hand Independence (int) 10:30am  This is a technique class intended to improve your approach to the hammered dulcimer. Mark will lead you through helpful exercises and a few sample tunes that utilize both hands.

Workshop 2: Adding Chords to Melodies  2:30pm  (intermediate) Mark will show you easy ways to add harmonic accompaniment to simple tunes.

Workshop 3:  Liberty Waltz (int/adv) 4:00PM Learn this fun tune I worte based on the popular fiddle tune, Liberty Reel.

David Lindsey: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 445  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Billy 2 (advanced beginners) David will teach “Little Billy Wilson” in the key of A

Norma Trotter: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 445  9:00am  

Workshop 1: Let’s Play the Hammered Dulcimer (new to beginning players) This workshop will consist of learning about notes, scales, and chords so participants can leave with a good understanding of their instrument. We will learn to play a couple of simple melodies as part of the exercises. Handouts will be provided for review, practice and reference so players can go home with information to continue their pursuit of being a hammered dulcimer player.

Guy George: (Hammered Dulcimer) COTC 450

Workshop 1: Island Tunes on the HD  9:00am  (Intermediate) Learn my arrangement of a cool Calypso tune –back up part, too, if there’s time.

Workshop 2: Chords and Musicality on the HD  4:00pm  (beg. – int.) Learn your chord shapes and basic techniques for the hammered dulcimer.

                               Bowed Psaltery Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tish Westman: (Bowed psaltery) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall

MESSAGE FROM TISH: "If you have taken my workshops before, all classes will have new music. Any classes that happen to be on both days will have different music. Classes will be progressive so start at the beginning if you are new to Bowed Psaltery. If you are an experienced player, I will make sure you are challenged!"

Workshop 1: Simple Start to Understanding Music:  9:00am (All instruments welcome! ) If when you look at a piece of sheet music you get confused and just don’t understand what you are looking at then come to this workshop. You will learn the language of music and how to apply it to whatever instrument you play.

Workshop 2: How to Play a Bowed Psaltery: 10:30am  If you have one bring it, if you don’t have one you may borrow during the class. The Bowed Psaltery is very easy to learn to play. No fingering like a dulcimer or guitar. You only play with one hand. You will learn how to bow and will be playing tunes by the end of the class.

Workshop 3: Dynamic techniques for the Bowed Psaltery:  1:00pm  Learn how to use different bow strokes to create emotion in your music. Get beyond just getting to the right notes, get there with feeling.
Workshop 4: How to “Join the Jam” with the Bowed Psaltery: 2:30pm You don’t always have to play the melody. There are other parts to play, especially if you don’t know the song.

                                            Harp Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Linda Gardner: (Harp) Museum Workroom (back entrance)  2:30 pm  

Workshop 1: Take that Harp or Dulcimer out of the Closet and Play This is an intro class for those who have harps and dulcimers in their closets (or hanging on their walls) that they haven’t played for a while – so get your harps and dulcimers out of the closet, come to this free workshop and “get in tune” with your instruments again!

                                                Guitar Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bill Schilling  (Guitar) COTC 460  2:30pm  

Workshop 3: (Guitar) Modified Travis Style Picking This workshop will concentrate on establishing a pattern style of guitar picking that can be used for accompaniment and later modified (if desired) for more complex finger-style guitar playing. Participants should feel comfortable forming and changing several chords with their left hands. No previous fingerpicking experience is needed and those who have only used a flatpick for the right hand are welcome.

                                               Banjo Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hunter Walker  (Banjo) COTC 450  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Clawhammer for the Clueless, or Not So (beginner-intermediate) In this class, we will address the basic strum and hand technique used in old-time style banjo. The basic tunings will also be reviewed, along with chords, rhythm techniques, and melodic basics. This will allow you to bring your banjo to a jam and thrive. Capo is not required, but encouraged: no musical reading ability necessary. Workshop will adapt to all levels present.

                                              Mandolin Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hunter Walker  (Mandolin) COTC 451  9:00am  

Workshop 1: Mandolins We Have Heard on High (beginner-intermediate) The mandolin is a versatile instrument. This workshop will cover some of its uses in an old-time or bluegrass jam, such as chordal backup, chopping, and basic of melody. We will cover a couple standard tunes and learn to play melody and accompaniment behind them. No musical reading ability necessary, just be able to count to 4! Workshop will adapt to all levels.

Roger Mace (mandolin, fiddle, hammered dulcimer) COTC 460 4:00
Workshop 1: Playing Along with Others (beginner – intermediate) This workshop is for fiddle and mandolin players and is aimed at developing skills for playing along with other musicians – particularly dulcimer players.


                                                Autoharp Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bill Schilling  (Autoharp) COTC 460  10:30am   

Workshop 1: Beginning Autoharp Accompaniment--The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to accompani- ment playing styles on the autoharp which will allow participants to quickly and easily accompany folk-style singing or lead instruments in a jam by using simple strumming techniques on an in-tune autoharp. Participants will play different accompani- ment patterns and sing along (if they choose). Feeling the beat and/or counting will be emphasized along with chord changes.

                                                  Fiddle Workshop - Saturday, June 17, 2012

Roger Mace (Fiddle) COTC 460  9:00

Workshop 1: Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle--Review the instrument, bow parts, and setup, holding the instrument, left hand placement for scales, etc., holding and using the bow, discuss learning by EAR and/or NOTES, simple scales practice (intonation skill), playing a simple fiddle tune, and playing a tune like a “fiddler”. Class questions/answers.

                                               Penny Whistle Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Guy George  (Pennywhistle) COTC 450 (“D” whistle needed – I will have some available in varied price range)

Workshop 1: Beginning Pennywhistle: 10:30am  Learn to play the easiest instrument to carry around. I’ll have you playing a tune quickly. We’ll also work on playing in different keys. I use a D whistle.

Workshop 2: Irish Duets:  2:30pm  (Novice to advanced players welcome) I have some favorite Irish tunes arranged for duets.

                                                 Spoons Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Emily Pritchard: (Spoons) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall  4:00pm  

Workshop 1: Spoons! Did you know that a musical instrument with a cultural history spanning folk music from Ireland to Russia to Turkey to Greece and America can found in your kitchen? That’s right! The spoons, both metal and wooden, have a rich cultural history and in this workshop you will learn how to properly choose, hold, and play this inexpensive and easy-to-learn musical instrument. All ages can learn and class registration includes your own set of metal spoons to take home

                                            Drumming Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

E. Jeremy Rodriguez: (Drums) Museum Workroom (back entrance) 

Workshop 1: Explore World Drumming  9:00am  In this workshop you will be introduced to authentic world percussion instruments including djembe, ashiko, dundun, doumbek, bodhran, and talking drums originating from Africa, Central America, Ireland, Japan, and the Middle East. Can’t read music? No problem! Using Experience Art! International’s “Color Rhythms” technique you will learn traditional drumming techniques, a variety of basic beats, and how to jam in a drum circle. All ages are welcome, no prior experience is needed, and drums will be provided.

Workshop 2: Bass, Slap, Tone  1:00pm  Want to go beyond the basic and further your understanding of hand drumming? This is the workshop for you. We will move beyond the basic techniques covered in the “Color Rhythms” workshop and explore more challenging polyrhythmic djembe and dundun exercises. Uplifting and educational, during this workshop Jeremy will take your drumming to a whole new level. Drums will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

                                                  All Instruments – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ann Conley and Country Sunrise Special: (All instruments) Museum Workroom (back entrance)  10:30am  

Workshop 1: Jammin’ Fun A discussion about and sharing of ideas on jamming etiquette and how to get the most fun out of a jam setting. Bring your instruments!


June 14 - 15, 2019



                                    Workshop Descriptions  2019


What Do the Skill Levels Mean?

There is not always agreement on what the terms mean - so for the purpose of our festival we will go with these:

Mountain Dulcimer:
Very Beginner:   I am brand new to the instrument.  "How do you hold this?"

Beginner:  I am so new that I still need more instruction in basic playing skills.

Novice:  I know how to play a few songs and how to figure out ow to play a basic song with tablature.  I am in the process of learning chords and expanding my ability to vary my strumming and/or picking to match the song I am playing.  "I am able to clunk along affably!"

Intermediate:  I am pretty proficient at using tablature and/or playing by ear to leaern a variety of music.  I understand and can apply chords relatively easily in my playing.  "I so got this!"

Advanced:  I understand and can apply chords and often adapt different chords to music.  Fell comfortable flatpicking, strumming, or finger-picking in a wide variety of rhythms, speeds, and dynamics.  "Good enough is not good enough!"

​Hammered Dulcimer:
Very Beginner:   Could be completely new to the instrument, does not really know the note names or understand the layout, have never had instruction on hammer hold and striking techniques.

Beginner:  May know some songs but have difficulty playing fluidly without stopping, understands the general layout of the instrument, knows the note names, some songs, chords, and scales.

Intermediate:  Ready to add harmonies to melodies, has a general system for hammering patterns (which hand should hit which notes where....), has some facility with early facets of arranging.

​Note:You are free to attend any workshop you desire, even one above you present skill level, realizing that the instructors will assume that the students have the skill level designated for that workshop.